Deborah Bisenius

So you want to keep an urban goat?

Deborah Bisenius, Environmental Analyst, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:16 a.m.

So you want to keep an urban goat?

Updated March 10, 2017

Do you live in the City of Spokane? Last year, City Council passed an ordinance that allows you to have one small livestock, such as a goat, for every 2,500 square feet you own. A typical City lot is 50 feet by 100 feet, or 5,000 square feet. You might be able to have two small livestock, no more than 24 inches ‘shoulder height' tall and 150 pounds, according to the Urban Agriculture FAQ.

UPDATED: The City Council passed an ordinance governing urban agriculture.

But, owners of small livestock are required to obtain animal keeping certification from Washington State University prior to keeping the animal.

So, do you want to keep an urban goat? Washington State University Spokane invites you to learn what you'll need to know:

DATE: Wednesday, July 15
TIME: 6-9 p.m.
PLACE: WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N Havana.
COST: $20 per family at the same address

The three hour class will cover the necessary basic information. First, legal requirements to own goats in Spokane, such as, number and type of animals that are allowed are clearly explained. There will be useful tips such as how to buy a goat, what kind of shelter and fencing they need, their social needs, basic health care for goats, and what to look for in feed and hay. You may wish to have a goat for goat's milk. The breeding and lactation cycle and safe milk handling will also be topics in the class.

REGISTER Must pre-register by Friday July 10
Online at: (under the goat certification tab)
Mail: WSU Extension, 222 N Havana, Spokane WA 99202

QUESTIONS? Pat Munts, Small Farms, WSU Spokane Extension 509.477.2173

Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation while participating in this program may call two weeks in advance the County Extension office @ 509.477.2048. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation on site. County Extension programs are open to all without limitation.

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